History Series / WinBenSteinsMoney

30th Mar '16 10:56:20 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.

to:

** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC Creator/{{Disney}}/Creator/{{ABC}} produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.
23rd Mar '16 5:09:21 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.

to:

[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.



* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.

to:

* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.
18th Mar '16 10:56:56 PM Hossmeister
Is there an issue? Send a Message
8th Mar '16 4:25:58 AM jayharrison
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Cosplay}}: Ranged from TV shows (including ''Series/GilligansIsland'') to political figures (with Ben in drag as First Lady Barbara Bush).



* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot.

to:

* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot. (And with the "Ben Stein's Cup", a single-game tournament which was only played twice for $25,000, the highest a contestant could win was $30,000 altogether.)



* HeadDesk: One of Ben's reactions to a particularly nasty-sounding category title.
* IronicEcho: In on episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.
--> '''Contestant Dave:''' Who is... Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
--> '''Jimmy:''' Who is leaving the show, Dave? The answer is you!



* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).

to:

* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one (One early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) [[note]]Despite being one of the first episodes taped, the only episode in which this happened aired mid-season.[[/note]]) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).


Added DiffLines:

* TitleDrop: Occurred every time the show returned from commercial breaks.
7th Mar '16 5:19:50 PM jayharrison
Is there an issue? Send a Message


--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money."\\
'''Ben Stein''': Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\

to:

--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money."\\
Money".\\
'''Ben Stein''': Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5000-(x+y)> $<5,000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5000 $5,000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\



'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...

to:

'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 $5,000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...



--> '''Ben Stein''': So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5000. Would you like to go first or second?

to:

--> '''Ben Stein''': So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5000 $5,000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5000.$5,000. Would you like to go first or second?



* BerserkButton: Never accidentally answer by using "What is".
-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.

to:

* BerserkButton: Never accidentally answer by using "What is".
is...?"
-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! is?"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''



** In the lead-in to Ben's turn at the BonusRound, after being informed of the score he needed to beat, Ben would usually say, "I shall do my best."

to:

** In the lead-in to Ben's turn at the BonusRound, after being informed of the score he needed to beat, Ben would usually say, "I shall do my best."best" or "I take all challenges seriously".



** There have been situations where a contestant behind by $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question. However, these occasions were ''rare''.

to:

** There have been situations where On at least one occasion, a contestant who was behind by $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question. question (which also happened to be the final question of the second round). However, these occasions comeback victories like this were ''rare''.



** Jimmy's, Nancy's, and Sal's humorous introduction for Ben as he walked out on stage.
** Ben calling Jimmy, Nancy, or Sal the <object> to his <related object> (such as "the Abbott to my Costello").



* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the history of the show to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.

to:

* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the show's history of the show to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.
23rd Feb '16 5:02:44 PM TheOneWhoTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...

to:

'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[EditWar [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...
21st Feb '16 9:35:43 PM MoPete
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DareToBeBadass[=/=]ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: The OpeningNarration from Stein.

to:

* DareToBeBadass[=/=]ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: DareToBeBadass[=/=]ThrowingDownTheGauntlet:
**
The OpeningNarration from Stein.



'''2001-2003:''' "Hello. I'm Ben Stein. My brain is a miraculous instrument. It contains the information I use to protect my money--$5,000. I'll put it up, but I won't give it up without a fight. But if you're smart enough, quick enough, and lucky enough, you can Win Ben Stein's Money."

to:

'''2001-2003:''' "Hello. I'm Ben Stein. My brain is a miraculous instrument. It contains the information I use to protect my money--$5,000. I'll put it up, but I won't give it up without a fight. But if you're smart enough, quick enough, and lucky enough, you can [[TitleDrop Win Ben Stein's Money."Money]]."
** The Closing Narration too, at least in the early days.
-->''(if the contestant lost or tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge)'' That means today, I have successfully defended $<x> of my money, which I will use to take on my next opponents./''(if the contestant won the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge)'' It's been proven that it can be done. ''(regardless)'' Therefore, I challenge all of you to write, call, or email at futility.com, in the hope, as infinitesimal as it might be, that on some planet on some distant day, you might [[TitleDrop Win Ben Stein's Money]].
17th Feb '16 12:26:57 AM MoPete
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Often, during the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge, when the contestant goes first, Jimmy will say to the contestant, "As the host, I'm supposed to remain neutral, but since Ben can't hear me right now, kick his ass."
14th Feb '16 3:31:31 PM Gimere
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins...]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.

to:

[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins...Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.



-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''

to:

-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.



* CatchPhrase: Of sorts. When Ben lost the BonusRound (''very'' rare), he would say to his opposition "I bow to your superior knowledge! (''bow'') I'm humbled! I'm impressed! I hate you! Get outta here!" and then hand that contestant that hard-won $5,000.

to:

* CatchPhrase: Of sorts. CatchPhrase:
**
When Ben lost the BonusRound (''very'' (which was ''very'' rare), he would say to his opposition "I bow to your superior knowledge! (''bow'') I'm humbled! I'm impressed! I hate you! Get outta here!" and then hand that contestant that hard-won $5,000.



** At the end of Round 1, Ben Stein would say to the viewers "I am going defend my money by becoming a common contestant. Stay tuned, You might learn something!"

to:

** At the end of Round 1, Ben Stein would say to the viewers "I am going defend my money by becoming a common contestant. Stay tuned, You you might learn something!"



* FlawlessVictory: The famous episode where Ben agreed to drop his pants if he lost the Best Of 10 saw challenger Bob achieve this by becoming the first person not named Ben Stein to score a perfect 10 in the round, guaranteeing at least a tie[[note]] which would add another $1,000 to Bob's winnings no matter what [[/note]] and forcing Ben to accomplish the same feat, which he failed to do. Cue pants drop.

to:

* FlawlessVictory: The famous episode where Ben agreed to drop his pants if he lost the Best Of 10 saw challenger Bob achieve this by becoming the first person not named Ben Stein to score a perfect 10 in the round, guaranteeing at least a tie[[note]] which would add another $1,000 to Bob's winnings no matter what [[/note]] what[[/note]] and forcing Ben to accomplish the same feat, which he failed to do. Cue pants drop.



* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]] And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless [[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).

to:

* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]] And frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless [[/note]].pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).



* RunningGag: Several.

to:

* RunningGag: Several.RunningGag:



* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: One of the categories is called "I speak Latin, ''ergo'' I am annoying."

to:

* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: One of the categories is was called "I speak Latin, ''ergo'' I am annoying."
10th Feb '16 5:29:22 PM themisterfree
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.
This list shows the last 10 events of 72. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Series.WinBenSteinsMoney